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Coding Class Gives Code Poets the “Opportunity to Create Artistic Content All Over the Internet”

Posted by on Apr 24, 2019 in ACE Learning Center, ACE School Report, Continuing Education, Resources | 0 comments

By Hei Hei, ACE Poetry Contest Mascot, San Francisco International High School, and Haibin Yu Yu, Student, SFIHS

Code is poetry
ones and zeros on the screen
it’s pixel perfect

We ACE Poetry Contest Mascots know about poetry – that it comes in all kinds of shapes, sizes, sounds and types. In today’s world, even computer and software code are poetry.

These abstract technology code poems are pixel perfect with their sequence of one and zero numbers. The abstract technology features vector lines and binary matrix code and comes with names like Python (scary snake stuff), Java (the Hutt?) Linux (Samosa, is that a type of cat?) and C++ (not a grade you want on your report card.)

Here’s a report from one of the students at SFIHS who loves to write code poetry.

My name is Haibin and I am currently a senior at SFIHS. I was born in China but raised in Mexico. I moved to the US two and a half years ago in order to pursue a better education and a better future. In college I’m interested in pursuing a career of Computer Science or Software Engineering.

Having a coding class at school that is part of the ACE Learning Center at SFIHS and is a really great opportunity for students to learn and practice an essential skill that will be necessary for our future since technology is taking over the world. For me personally, I really enjoy coding because it gives me the opportunity to create artistic content all over the internet. Having a coding class has also helped me to make my first step to college since the core of my career of interest is to code and by having a coding class right now, I have had the opportunity to jumpstart my learning.

Since we have amazing instructors, my classmates and myself really enjoy working and learning with them. We think that coding is an important skill to have because technology and computers are growing over time and by understanding computer languages, we will be prepared for the future.

I believe that having electives at school is crucial for students’ academic development and for our path to college. Being able to take courses and learn based on our interests can guide us to our career of interest and get a prior knowledge that will help us prepare for college.

In addition, electives play a very important role regarding college admissions. Colleges expect you to have a set of classes in your transcript, but they also expect you to have electives. Having electives can show your commitment to education/school.

If I could have another elective class, I would like to have a Chinese class. Since I was born in China but raised in Mexico, my Chinese is not really good. Having the opportunity to learn my language would be awesome.

Haiku and code. What a combo. Woof!

It’s Poem in Your Pocket Day – The ACE Poetry Contest Mascots are Giving Poem Treats

Posted by on Apr 18, 2019 in ACE Learning Center, ACE School Report, Continuing Education | 1 comment

By ACE Poetry Contest Mascots – Riley, Alpha Public Schools; Hei Hei, San Francisco International High School; Samosa, Oakland International High School; and Thor, Oxford Day Academy

It’s one of my favorite days of the year – Poem in Your Pocket Day. And the ACE Poetry Contest Mascots have some poems in their “pockets” to share. Poems are the treats of all treats and, just like we do, they come in all shapes and sizes.

Hei Hei is up first.

Hei Hei, ACE Poetry Contest Mascot, SFIHS

You know I love Haiku. It’s an ancient form of Japanese poetry, but lots of people write it today. Let’s stay ancient. Here’s one by Kyori, who inspires me about spring.

Watching the spring moon
Rise, I no longer bother
About the mountains


Samosa, ACE Poetry Contest Mascot, OIHS

We live in the Bay Area. This is one of my favorites because it blends cats and fog. A great combination.


The fog comes
On little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

Carl Sandburg

Thor, ACE Poetry Contest Mascot, ODA

You know I love an epic poem, but they don’t have to be long. They can just tell an epic story with an epic thought. Paris just had an epic catastrophe with the burning of Notre Dame, but the building survived. So did many of the gargoyles and the spirit of a country.

A Gargoyle on Notre Dame

With angel’s wings and brutish-human form,
Weathered with centuries of sun and storm,
He crouches yonder on the gallery wall,
Monstrous, superb, indifferent, cynical:
And all the pulse of Paris cannot stir
Her one immutable philosopher.

Edward Kemper Broadus

Riley, ACE Poetry Contest Mascot, Alpha Public Schools

Lucy and me, Riley, sharing poems.

Arf! My turn again. You know I have a special friend, Lucy, who is just beginning in this world. There’s a great poem by Sarah Kay who tells it like it is today. She offers Lucy and all students who are learning about poetry and life a perspective about looking for the sweet stuff (or treats) in the world despite the heartbreak that can accompany it.

It’s a long poem (sorry Thor, I broke a rule) so I’ll only give you the last three stanzas. I also attached the video of Sarah reciting her poem. It’s from a mom’s POV, but it could be mine too.

Have a great Poem in Your Pocket Day!


But I want her to know that this world is made out of sugar.
It can crumble so easily.
But don’t be afraid to stick your tongue out and taste it.

Baby, I’ll tell her, remember your mama is a worrier and your papa is a warrior.
And you’re the girl with small hands and big eyes who never stops asking for more.
Remember that good things come in threes and so do bad things and
always apologize when you’ve done something wrong
but don’t you ever apologize for the way your eyes refuse to stop shining,
your voice is small but don’t ever stop singing.

And when they finally hand you a heartache,
when they slip war and hatred under your door and offer you handouts on street corners
of cynicism and defeat, you tell them that they really ought to meet your mother.

Sarah Kay

It’s the Day Before Poem in Your Pocket Day

Posted by on Apr 17, 2019 in ACE Learning Center, ACE School Report, Continuing Education | 0 comments

By Riley, ACE Poetry Contest Mascot, Alpha Public Schools

It’s best to be a dog ‘cause treats fall when humans jog and it’s best to snag ‘em quick and when those treats fall from the table whether for real or sneak-shared by John
it’s a treat to have a treat cause I’m a dog

It’s best to be a cat ‘cause we don’t rush for those pats nor wait for that splat o table treat we prefer to sniff it first n make sure it is worth our thirst for excellence and not the worst
it’s a treat to choose a treat cause I’m a cat

It’s best to get along sharing treats of words of rhyme wrapped in lyrics rap n tweets or epic Haiku telling ode to narrative in a limerick sonnet doggerel kind of refrain
it’s a treat to have a poem in your pocket

Arf! Arf! Some of my best doggerel, don’t you think?

Tomorrow is Poem in Your Pocket Day, so have a poem in your pocket ready to share with friends and strangers. Poems are the best treats. Even Lucy agrees.

It’s me, Riley, and Lucy. I’m making Lucy smile at my doggerel poems.